Millions of users have been closely watching Microsoft corporation and its updates for several months already. E.g., the announced next-generation functionalities of the new Office 2016 package, which is actually an addition to the Office 365 service, has promised users great improvements in their MS Office experience. Such as, MS Office will be synched with Windows Hello; they will be able to use the phone as a full-scale substitute for a PC with Continuum, edit a Word-document in the real-time mode and benefit from a close integration between Skype and MS Office programs.
Well, users will be able to see the actual collaboration between Skype and Office 2016 as early as in November this year. They will need a Microsoft account for that. Integration between Skype and the Office Online and Outlook.com services will enable them to share documents, conduct A/V calls, and send instant messages without leaving the document they’ve been working on. The update will cover Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote Online files. Apart from communication, users will also be able to attach the whole message history to their documents. Besides, an extended panel for working with large-volume documents has been added to Word Online.
The Microsoft blog post says that the new integration creates a natural team work experience. Users are free to collaborate on documents and chat at the same time by exchanging IMs or making video calls without closing the documents. Good news is that the message history remains attached to the document, so next time users open the file they can resume where they had stopped last time. The blog post also mentions that Office Online is there to help users collaborate with anyone, as long as there is a browser. And the new embedded Skype messenger will let them work faster and more efficiently.